At a time when the Federal Reserve Bank has been debating how to end QE, recent developments in the economy have shown a deceleration in activity that has also transmitted into lower commodity prices. Stocks have been extended for some time, but have recently pulled back to support; while internally, many sectors have already exhibited sizeable corrections since February and March.
In this exclusive interview, previous high frequency trader turned whistleblower, Dave Lauer, discusses the ins-and-outs of HFT on Financial Sense Newshour, including how it is used to takedown stocks through naked short selling, the conflicts of interest with regulators, exchanges, and large firms, and numerous other issues now facing investors in our brave new world of electronic trading.
As highlighted in a previous article, while the economy is on solid footing with little chance of a recession on the near horizon, there were some warning signs that we could be due for a soft patch in Q2.
While gold and silver bullion have fallen considerably since the highs reached in 2011, and mining stocks have fallen even more, I believe the weakness behind much of this move is due to the transition from the bull market in precious metals to its next phase.
Grant Williams, author of the widely read newsletter Things That Make You Go Hmmm, discusses with Financial Sense Newshour the next logical step in the ongoing currency wars, the difficulties facing Japan with import prices, and, lastly, a few thoughts on gold repatriation by central banks. Here, we present a partial transcript of the interview.
Andrew Zolli, Curator and Executive Director of PopTech as well as the author of Resilience, recently gave an interesting presentation on why humans are notoriously incapable at predicting future events, the cognitive biases that prevent us from doing so, and the importance of creating resilient systems.
What’s going on with gold stocks right now? Are they in a bear market and is right now a good time to buy? In a recent interview with Financial Sense Newshour, resource analyst John Kaiser covers a wide-range of issues related to gold and gold mining stocks.
As highlighted in the last few “Market’s Bill of Health” reports, the S&P 500 has been showing weakening breadth and momentum which typically occurs before short-term tops. In prior reports it was shown that weakness in cyclicals was the culprit as the defensive sectors led by health care continued to power higher. Currently, however, recent movements in the cyclical sectors suggests that their underperformance to the broad market may be ending, with a weakening USD providing the catalyst.
Barry Ritholtz—money-manager, author of Bailout Nation, and writer for one of the top financial blogs in the country—recently spoke with Financial Sense Newshour about the "big picture" on jobs, the economy, and stock market. Here he explains another reason why the stock market continues to move higher while jobs go nowhere.
The markets have sold off from multi-year highs in some market averages and all-time highs in others. In the glory years a 5% pullback was met with greedy buyers looking to get into stocks they felt they had missed. After the debacle of 2008/2009 many look at ANY move lower in the averages as the beginning of another rout.